EPA Seeking Comment on Petition to Cancel Endosulfan

As published in the April 29th Federal Register, EPA is seeking public comment on a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) that the agency cancel all uses of the pesticide Endosulfan.  If any farmer is interested in retaining uses of this product please contact Adam Sharp at OFBF at [email protected].  OFBF comments will need to be filed before June 29, 2009.   Endosulfan is a broad spectrum contact insecticide and acaricide registered for use on a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, cereal grains and cotton, as well as ornamental shrubs, trees, vines and ornamentals for use in commercial agricultural settings. Total average annual use of endosulfan is estimated at approximately 1.38 million pounds of active ingredient (lbs. ai), according to agency and registrant estimates. Crops with the highest average percent treated are: squash (40 percent), eggplant (41 percent), cantaloupe (31 percent), sweet potato (31 percent), broccoli (26 percent), pears (20 percent) and pumpkins (20 percent). Additional background information on Endosulfan can be found at:  http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/reregistration/REDs/factsheets/endosulfan_fs.htm.

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.